Background info: 20, F, 167cm, ~65kg, citalopram 40mg for anxiety and Clenil modulite 2x daily for asthma, Nexplanon implant, non-smoker, occasional alcohol, vegetarian, previous low ferritin and B12
Hello PAS - this is my first post here so I'm sorry if it's a bit rambly! I have a question about optimal b12 levels and a kind Reddit user directed me to this forum to ask it ☺
I had a ferritin level of 23 and a low b12 level last November (can't remember the exact result) and I'm feeling the exact same way again (persistent fatigue, brain fog, low exercise endurance, all-over aches, restless legs at night, slight tingling in hands and feet, patches of dry skin around eyes, hair loss, occasional dizziness and vertical ridges on nails). I had them checked was in March and they were 37 and 270 respectively, so my gp said to stop taking supplements.
Got some iron supplements and stupidly started taking them before having a blood test and my ferritin level was 45. Everything on the CBC was 'within range' (but some figures were on the low end of normal, namely white blood cells, MCV and MCH) but they didn't check the b12 like I asked them to!
Do I go back and ask the gp to check my b12 as I'm still feeling bleh and it's really affecting my uni work? Or will the iron tablets I took skew the results for a while yet?
I feel like I'm being fobbed off with the 'it's just your anxiety/OCD' explanation as soon as someone sees I'm on citalopram but as far as I'm aware, my OCD does not cause weird dry skin or aching knees, neither does it make me fall asleep during seminars -_- .
I'd be grateful for any help and advice!